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    What is peer-review for?

    What is peer-review for?

    By Bradley Voytek | November 2, 2011 |

    There is a lot of back and forth right now amongst the academic technorati about the “future of peer review”. The more I read about this, the more I’ve begun to step back and ask, in all seriousness:

    What is scientific peer-review for?

    This is, I believe, a damn important question to have answered. To put my money where my mouth is I’m going to answer my own question, in my own words:

    The scientific peer-review process increases the probability that the scientific literature converges–at long time scales–upon scientific truth via distributed fact-checking, replication, and validation by other scientists. Peer review publication gives the scientific process “memory”.
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    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/...er-review-for/

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    I ask myself this question every time I submit a paper... lol

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    Peer-review is often just a network of researchers playing 'you scratch my back I'll scratch yours'

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.zapp View Post
    I ask myself this question every time I submit a paper... lol
    Me too....

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    The academic sistem...
    ...you can't question what they are doing they are all wise people, all genius.. except the spoild child with a PHD... and the idiots with a PHD etc..
    In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

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    Good question

    I ask that question here. It concerns me.
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...95#post1641995

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    Quote Originally Posted by avictoria View Post
    Peer-review is often just a network of researchers playing 'you scratch my back I'll scratch yours'
    My experience is it takes work to get a person who has never been a PI to peer review someone who regularly is. I think this often leads to gridlock on how "current views" are expressed.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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    Observation and proposed fix may clear log jam

    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
    gridlock on how "current views" are expressed
    I've noted that physio talk sounds a lot like medicos.

    Where its published and when its published in a peer reviewed journal may not be as important as it being published.

    Open review may sort out the crap, but may also allow new ideas. The peer review process should then be easier after review of open literature. The www is great place for strange ideas and elaborate conspiracy theories, but my shit clay sorter is still functioning and enjoys a work out.

    The sponsors need to put journals on notice that they can not own the original work unless they want to pay the grant off with a commercial rate of interest.

    The moment the editor changes the first "shall" they can own that copy only, but not the original.

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